The Girl in the Red Coat
Kindle edition, 384 pages
Published by Faber & Faber Fiction; Main edition (24 Feb. 2015)
Carmel becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather.
Both Mum (Beth) and Carmel share the telling of this tale and when Carmel becomes a missing girl she doesn’t realise that she’s lost. While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, that leads her to question who she is and who she might become.
The book commences with the familiar premise of a child that is abducted but as the story develops, it takes us to unexpected places and unanticipated circumstances.
When writing as Carmel the author, of which this is her debut thriller, is particularly deft at telling the story from the perspective of an eight year old. The book is at the same time extremely well written, gripping, thought-provoking and emotionally generous.
I can imagine it being made into a film at some point in time.
I look forward with eager anticipation to reading the next Kate Hamer book!